Monday, January 22, 2018

Health officials warn about spread of flu

Health officials have  warned that influenza activity continues to increase nationally and across Louisiana. Officials said influenza-like illness represents a significant percentage of all healthcare visits currently in the state.

A significant amount of the current flu is the H3N2 “A” virus, which can lead to a more serious illness. There is a strong recommendation for early antiviral treatment of anyone suspected of having the flu.

Most people who are otherwise healthy and get the flu should stay home from work or school and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Contact your doctor to see if an antiviral medication should be prescribed. If you have symptoms of flue and are in a high-risk group or you are very sick or worried about our illness, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

People at high risk for developing flu-related complications include: Children younger than 5, especially those younger than 2 years old; Adults 65 and older; Pregnant women and new mothers; Residents or nursing homes and long-term care facilities; American Indians and persons with certain health conditions.

For more information about influenza, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at